Summer Research Scholarship/Internship Program

Past candidates

Amy Windsor <p><span class='small'>NCIS Summer Research Scholar February 2014</span></p>

Amy Windsor

NCIS Summer Research Scholar February 2014

Amy undertook an internship exclusively with NCIS and was jointly supervised by Dr Cressida Fforde and Dr Jill Guthrie. Her project involved scoping discourses surrounding the incarceration of Indigenous Australians, as well as prison building or expansion, in the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. Amy's research paid particular attention to discourses of deficit in an attempt to identify the problematic nature of embedded discursive structures that influence the way Indigenous Australians are represented in the public arena by mainstream white Australia and by Indigenous Australians themselves.

Project: 'Special clientele': Scoping discourses on Indigenous incarceration in the ACT and the NT.

Report (PDF 164KB)

Claire Milgate <p><span class='small'>NCIS/CoL Summer Research Intern November – December 2012</span></p>

Claire Milgate

NCIS/CoL Summer Research Intern November – December 2012

Claire undertook an internship jointly supervised by NCIS with Dr Bill Fogarty, and the ANU College of Law with Fergus Thomson RFD. Her project involved writing a paper on bilingual education in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Project: More than just words: Legal reform and bilingual education in Australia

Abstract (PDF 88KB)

Alice McBurney <p><span class='small'>NCIS/CoL Summer Research Intern November 2011 – January 2012</span></p>

Alice McBurney

NCIS/CoL Summer Research Intern November 2011 – January 2012

Alice undertook an internship jointly supervised by NCIS and the ANU College of Law. Her project involved researching the nature of the relationship between indigenous peoples and the Australian state, in terms of the status of indigenous rights in Australia.

Project: Towards indigenous sovereignty: Reconceptualising the relationship between indigenous peoples and the Australian state

Abstract (PDF 121.7KB)

Ashley Harrison <p><span class='small'>NCIS Summer Research Intern November 2011 – January 2012</span></p>

Ashley Harrison

NCIS Summer Research Intern November 2011 – January 2012

Ashley undertook a research internship exclusively with NCIS, and completed a literature review outlining the rights and interests provided by schemes for legal protection of offshore rights, while exploring the clash between Indigenous and non-Indigenous senses of ownership and understanding of land and sea in Australia.

Project: The sea belongs to no-one! Indigenous rights and interests offshore

Abstract (PDF 124.12KB)

Nik Dawson <p><span class='small'>NCIS Summer Research Scholar 2011/2012</span></p>

Nik Dawson

NCIS Summer Research Scholar 2011/2012

“I was raised in Sydney and currently attend Macquarie University, where I am studying towards a Bachelor of Economics with a Political Science/International Relations focus. I am also working on an Indigenous education program in the Nguiu Community of the Tiwi Islands. My academic and personal interests include Australian Indigenous policy, human rights law, sustainability, surfing, and all codes of Australian football.”

Project: The issues and implications of the welfare provisions within the 2010 Northern Territory Intervention amendments.

Abstract & final report (PDF 708KB)

NCIS is pleased to offer outstanding undergraduate and Honours students the opportunity to be involved in a research project in Indigenous studies at ANU. NCIS offers a wide range of topics and research areas concerning Indigenous people both in Australia and overseas. The Centre has numerous academic staff and adjunct scholars led by Professor Mick Dodson, all of whom have high-level expertise in topics across Indigenous studies.

Summer Research Scholars and Interns are able to identify a suitable research topic and project of interest with their prospective supervisor. Information about potential research topics and supervisors at NCIS is available from Gareth Knapman.

Scholars are accepted on a basis of merit, and we particularly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to apply. All students will find NCIS to be a welcoming and academically engaging place to be. The Centre offers up to one Summer Research Scholarship and one Summer Research Internship each year.

A Summer Research Scholarship is for students outside of ANU and includes:

  • return travel from a student's place of Australian or New Zealand residence to The Australian National University
  • accommodation and all meals on campus during the term of the scholarship, usually from late November to late January, and
  • a weekly stipend.

A Summer Research Internship is for students already at ANU and includes:

  • a weekly stipend.


Applications are usually accepted during August of each year. Full details of award conditions, key dates, testimonials from previous candidates and application processes are available on the ANU Summer Research Scholarships website or from Ms Dinah Irvine at the ANU College of Law.

NCIS will not be hosting any Summer Research Scholarships or Summer Research Internships in 2014. The next round of Summer Research Scholarships and Summer Research Internships to be offered by NCIS will be in the summer of 2015/2016, with applications open in mid-2015.

Aurora internships

From time to time, NCIS also offers internships from The Aurora Project, such as the Aurora Native Title Internship Program. Aurora internships are a full-time commitment of around 40 hours per week and are unpaid. They run for five to six weeks over the winter (June to August) and summer (November to March) university breaks, although there is some flexibility around these time-frames. Applications are accepted during either in March (for the ensuing winter program) or August (for the ensuing summer program) each year. Details are available from Gareth Knapman.

The next round of Aurora internships to be offered by NCIS will be in the winter of 2015, with applications open later in March 2015.

Updated:  15 April 2016/ Responsible Officer:  NCIS Project Coordinator/ Page Contact:  NCIS Administrative Officer